Posts Tagged ‘Play’

Do We Have A Moral Obligation to Take Away Some of The Fear in Work?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

If a recent Priority Management™ survey findings are correct we are going to have ask ourselves the difficult question, “What are we doing to the people who work with us and for us that is creating so much fear?”

You see, in this recent survey where the question was, “What do you fear most in your professional life?” 49% of respondents indicated that it was “fear of failing” and 26% were afraid of losing their jobs. That’s 75% of your workforce! Ouch.
This breaks my heart.

Why does it have to be that way?
Isn’t there a way for people to work where we can mitigate these two fears right out of the system?

I believe there is. It is called “3 Step Performance Enhancement™.” It is a simple process done every month for every employee where 3 things are talked about.

Number One – What they are doing well – the whole list, not just one or two things.

Number Two – What, if anything, isn’t up to par. Honest feedback with solid examples.*

Number Three- The employee is then given the opportunity to present their plan to fix whatever shows up inNumber Two. They are in charge of their success and know that their manager/supervisor is right there behind them.

The icing on the cake, if necessary…… an honest discussion about the state of the industry. In other words, what they can and cannot control so they have a fair heads up about what is on the horizon. Or if you want them to stay to the bitter end, make it worth their while and give them assurances of good, reputable, job search assistance**.

Join me in this crusade?

*(If you struggle with their behavior on the job, look into the book, “Office Peace,” to get people on the right track about how to interact with others.)

**Contact me if you don’t know where to go for this. Barbara@barbarabrannen.com

The Pause… What is the role of “pausing” in business?

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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The pause is a masterful tool when used for the purpose of allowing another thought, another view, another approach to find its way into your crowded and busy mind.

It stops employees from obsessively being in meetings, finishing projects, being on the phone, on email, or handling deadlines. The pause has employees actually knowing what they think, what they feel and what they want. These thoughts, feelings and desires often contain the seeds to great new things in your organization.
Without the pause employees may get swept up in “group thought”, or feelings and desires that are not their own. People are valuable to organizations because of their unique perspectives. Companies that pause and maybe play a little in the pause, allow people to show these gifts and grow the entire organization through those gifts over time.

Does your organization know when, where and how to pause? Is this part of your success? Does it need to be?
Find unique “pause” activities through www.letsplaymore.com

Are You Taking the Wrong Approach to Beat the Competition?

Monday, November 11th, 2013

“Motivation is when you take hold of an idea. Inspiration is when an idea takes hold of you”
Dr. Wayne Dyer

Too often in the workplace we hire managers to “motivate” people to do good work. To do the right thing. To do it with a great deal of attention to detail, work well with others and be creative when necessary.

We are convinced that will make our company better and beat the competition.
If we hired managers to “inspire” people we would be much better off. Inspiration is something that we own. It comes from the very essence of who we are.
Many great companies fail the inspiration test because it has one unique characteristic that that managers may fail to notice. We are each inspired differently.

Our uniqueness is what creates our inspiration. We must learn how to bring out what inspires each person and nurture it to help individuals feel their own self worth, thus performing from a desire to feel that every day.

How do you inspire those around you?

Are they inspired or are you still trying to motivate?

Why Don’t We Hear?

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Do you really hear what is being said? Do the people you work with really listen and hear what others say? Do we as a world really listen and hear what someone is trying to tell us? Is what we want so much a part of our view of the day that we cannot hear what others want and need? We really need to pay attention to listening in the workplace. We need to ask at the end of each meeting, conversation and work day, “What did we hear?” “How is what we heard gong to lead us to a better understanding of what is to be done?”

It is amazing to me that while I teach the concept of Listening, as one of the gifts of P.L.A.Y., ( and one of the things that the letter “L” is telling us), that people still have trouble grasping this concept.

This video is a marvelous example of who is really listening and hearing what someone wants and who is not….. Enjoy

Do we hear?

Work is Play, If You Do It Right

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

This past week and weekend I “worked” my tail off according to an observer.
I planted a garden, that I dug up by hand with a shovel.

Last week I designed a new compensation program for a company to help employees share in the success the company is going to achieve. At the same time I helped the CEO find a way to really show how important each person is to him in what they contribute.

I gave a speech to an association one evening about play and profit. I mowed my half acre of land with the non-riding lawnmower.

None of this was work for me, all of it was play. How can that be?

Because I know the definition of play is something that makes your heart sing and I make sure that 90% of what I do fits that definition. I LIKE to mow the lawn. It is good exercise, in the sun, with the smell of new mown grass and gorgeous views of the foothills and sky. I LIKE to create programs for companies that will make a real difference in how they operate. It gives both the company and me a chance to understand why they do what they do and how to make it a success.

I LIKE to talk about play and profit because it is a cause I believe in.
And, I like to dig in the dirt!

Is your work, play? If not, why not and how do we change that for you?

The Employer’s Dilemma – Real Injustice or Perceived Injustice?

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Many years ago when labor unions came to be the real injustice they were addressing was easy to see and understand. Today’s employer’s have a larger dilemma as what is perceived to be unjust quite possibly is unknown to them or has come about because of the need to be competitive.

So how do employer’s find out what is on the minds of their employee’s and where they see injustice? Whether it is real or perceived it has the same negative effect on loyalty, attendance, quality, customer service, innovation, growth and more.

Usually the answer is an employee survey. The answer to every employer’s questions.
I would like to suggest that there is another more powerful way; real conversations, with real honesty and real listening. Everyone loves a survey because it is anonymous. There is a lot to be said for anonymity however there is also a lot to be said for meaningful dialogue.

Smart companies will use surveys to get to the heart of many things. Smarter companies also use dialogue that creates trust, expediency in communications, including those things that are perceived to be unjust. These dialogues give you timely, honest, and critical feedback to the success of your company.

Remember, it does not matter if the injustice is real or perceived, the emotion around it is the same and the negative impact could put important parts of your business at risk.

Do your employees a favor, learn how to create workplace dialogues, not a new idea, but an idea that has gotten lost in the “busyness” of staying competitive. Amazingly these dialogues will help you get there faster. These dialogues provide information of such great value that once you begin the process you will wonder why you didn’t start them sooner!

(For more information on how to set up workplace dialogues contact Barbara@barbarabrannen.com)

What To Do When The Road Is Not On The Map

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Right now many business managers are struggling with how to deal with the 101 things that seem to be part of the fall out of the shootings in Colorado. These range from requests for time off and how that is to be charged, to emotions about the event in the workplace. Policy manuals are not written for this type of thing. No one can ever imagine this type of thing and each time it happens, whether that is 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, flooding or fires, they are all unique and require a thoughtful approach.

Know that people will remember, forever, how you reacted during this stressful situation. This will affect employee morale, how customers perceive you and over all whether you can stay productive.

Here are a few quick tips for you to help in this current difficult time:

Realize that people are sad and shaken on many levels. Some people have a direct connection to those killed or injured, others have indirect connections. In either case the mourning, some anger and sadness can all be present. In dealing with this in the workplace take a moment to realize what is really happening here.
o First, the loss of life and critical injuries are a hard thing, always
o Second, the loss of life in a senseless act makes the grief that much more difficult
o Third, there is a mourning going on here for the loss of a joy, a freedom, that is just part of young adult life in America. It could be a very long time and possibly never again that people will feel 100% safe at the midnight premiere of a new film, no matter what the film.

Do be sensitive to the variety of ways people are processing this. Be careful if there is strong anger or emotions about this in public areas. You do not know how everyone is feeling about the many complexities of this and making sure that these discussions are monitored is important. If you see some extreme anger or upset, talk to the individual privately about where and how that upset or anger can be appropriately processed.

Watch for upsets that don’t make sense to occur around your workplace. Often people hold in their thoughts and feelings about something like this and the next thing you know it is coming out in an argument with a co-worker or a bad attitude in a meeting.

If you have personnel directly affected, make some extra gestures for those who have lost a friend or relative that goes beyond your typical bereavement leave. Find a way to give these people the time and space to deal with the multiple complexities of this loss.

At the same time let them know you are there as a friend if they need to talk. They may not have the resources to process this that you think they might have. If your company has a formal EAP program, now is the time to offer information on that yet again.

Sometimes coming back into the workplace sooner is what they may need to heal. If they want to do that be sure to ask if there is anything colleagues can do to make that transition easier. Some people want to talk in the lunch room, some people don’t want to talk in the lunch room. Have a candid conversation with your employees about what is best for everyone.

Be watchful, aware and sensitive.
When you don’t know what to do, ask for help from someone who may be able to give you a better handle on the situation. In today’s world the workplace often plays a crucial role in the healing from these situations.

Do You Work or Create To Serve Or to Sell?

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Over the weekend I had an experience with an item that I had purchased where a great deal of “filler” had been added to the item, thus making it appear to be more than it was.

My mind immediately went to the mindset of the manufacturer of the product and what they were thinking when they put it together. If they put more of the items of substance in it would potentially cost more money to make. The “filler” allowed them to lower the price.

So I ask you, did they create this product to provide a service to me, or did they create it to make the sale?
Now before you say both, think very carefully about what was the primary motivation. To answer a need consumers may have for a quality product? Make an affordable product to answer a consumer need? To create something I will purchase repeatedly or just purchase once?

I can answer the question for me. It was a onetime purchase for me as the “filler” reduced the quality of the product to the point that it defeated the purpose of why I had purchased it, thus making the lower price irrelevant. It may be a different answer for others. How do you decide which direction to go?

In your what you do, do you work or create to serve or to sell?

Review, Revise, Remodel –How To Know When to Do IT?

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

There comes a point in everyone’s work or life when these questions appear. Should I review what I have been doing and maybe do something different going forward? Should I revise something I am doing and maybe change things up a bit? Should I remodel me?

How do you know when to do this or just stick with what you have been doing? The answer is simple.

When it isn’t working for you anymore!
We are the most stubborn when change really needs to occur, wouldn’t you agree? What are you clinging to for dear life that needs to be redone?

Walk With Me – Day Two Musings – Geese, Gas and Goodness

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

The walking continues………

Life

The geese were everywhere this morning on the ponds and islands of the golf course I walked by. It is incredible how much noise they make. Our lives are very, very, noisy these days; probably noisier than we can ever imagine. Between Facebook, Twitter, our computers, Email, iPods, Smart Phones and the usual suspect television, there is a lot of noise coming our way. The question is, “Do we ever sit in silence to hear what is really going on in our head, our heart and our spirit?” In this silence is there some peace we are seeking?

Work

When our cars run out of gas we head to the gas station. What is the gas station for you when you run out of gas at work?

Goodness

Have you ever noticed how good people are? Have you ever had the nerve to tell them that? “I enjoy going through your check out stand, you make me smile!” “I enjoy how you served us today. Thank you for the attention, you made the meal so much more pleasant.” Goodness, it’s everywhere.